Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition opens for poetry entries on 1st December 2021. Closing date: 9th January 2022. Poems can be in any style or genre written to the theme of ‘Hope in Nature’ and there are three age categories: 18 & Over, 12-17, and 11 & Under. Entry fee: Over 18s – […]

Taking Flight 2022 New Writing Competition

The Taking Flight 2022 New Writing Competition is open to new and emerging playwrights of East Asian and South East Asian Heritage, or from BESEA Communities, in the UK. Entry is free. There is no set theme or subject, but ideas should be developed into a full length, 1-hour play for a cast of up […]

Closed: Anansi Archive Writing Awards

The Anansi Archive Writing Awards are open until 1st December 2021 and there are three categories. Poetry Up to 500 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £20, runner-up £10 Flash Fiction Up to 500 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £20, runner-up £10 Short Fiction Up to 3,000 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £50, […]

Never Such Innocence Poetry Competition 2022

The Never Such Innocence Poetry Competition 2022 is now open for entries inspired by the theme: ‘Life After Conflict’. Free to enter. Poems must not be longer than 40 lines and should be your own, original work. Closing date: 18th March 2022 Prizes will be announced soon. Full details here.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open. Closing Date: 6th January 2022 Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50 Entry fee: £6 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings Optional Critiques a further £14 Entry requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results announced by the end of January 2022 Prize winners published on […]

2022 International Rubery Book Award

The 2022 International Rubery Book Award is now open for self-published and independently published books, from all writers, until 31st March 2022. PRIZES: Book of the Year: £2000 (approx US$2700; €2333) A minimum of 3 category winners will each win £270 (approx $270, €233) Entry fee: £39 Full details here.

Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition

The Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition is running on a rolling basis, with one story being published on the second Monday of each month. They are looking for flash fiction and nonfiction in any theme or genre. Prize: £50 and inclusion in an annual anthology. Word count: 1,000 maximum. Entry fee: £3 Full details here.

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2021

The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2021 is open for short story entries, from all writers, until January 12th, 2022. Entry fee: £15. 1st prize: – £10,000 – An engraved award – Publication on our website and in a linen-bound mini publication available in The Oxford Collection of hotels. – A professional audio […]

Latin Programme Poetry Prize 2021

The Latin Programme Poetry Prize 2021 is open until December 5th, 2021. Entries must be no longer 40 lines and should be based on the theme ‘omnia vincit amor?’ Entry Fee: £12 (all proceeds go towards the delivery of Latin lessons in London state schools) First Prize: £200 Full details here.

Closed: Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2021

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2021 is open for entries until November 30th 2021. Poetry can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Entry fee: €7 Prizes: 1st prize – €2000 and a featured reading at the 2022 Cork International Poetry Festival 2nd […]

Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition

The Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition is a recurring contest that is open to all writers from around the world. They are looking for flash fiction of up to 200 words, on any theme, but with a twist. It’s free to enter, but entrants can pay £3 for feedback on their work. Winning entries will […]

The KSCPP Essay Contest

The KSCPP Essay Contest is open to young writers and hopes to promote understanding of Korean history and culture. It’s free to enter. There are two ages categories: Junior – school years 6-9 Senior – school years 10-13 Prizes for each category: 1st prize (£500) 2nd prize (£200) 3rd prize (£100) Honorable mentions (£50) may […]

The Parracombe Prize 2022

The Parracombe Prize 2022 is open for short story entries until 31st January 2022. Word count: 2022 maximum. First prize: £100 Second prize: £50 Two runner-up prizes: £25 Entry fee: £5 Full details here.

Closed: Writing East Midlands Solstice Prize 2021

The Writing East Midlands Solstice Prize 2021 is now open for entries from 10-17 year olds, until November 26th 2021. There are prizes on offer for winners in two age groups: 11-13 and 14-17. 1st Prize in both age categories is £50 cash, plus a £50 book token for their school or college. Word count: […]

Closed: Parkinson’s Art Charity Poetry Competition

The Parkinson’s Art Charity Poetry Competition is open to writers from around the world, until October 31st. They are looking for poetry based on the theme ‘Empowerment’. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines. Winning prize: £500 Entry Fee: £8 (all proceeds go to Parkinson’s research). Full details here.

Closed: Illuminarium Chronicles Submissions Call

Illuminarium Chronicles Magazine are selecting five girls to represent their countries for Continental Voices. Besides that, three distinction awards are also available for stand-out writing. Both poetry and short fictions are accepted with a maximum of 50 lines. Deadline for submission: November 20th It’s free to enter. Full details here.

Closed: No Parties Magazine Submissions

No Parties Magazine is looking for submissions for their 2nd and 3rd issues. They are asking for essays and fiction from writers of any age and on any subject. Deadline for submissions: November 30th. Word counts: Flash fiction: 1000 words maximum. Reviews of any book, magazine, art exhibition, or other creative event: 1500 words maximum. […]

Closed: Shooter Literary Magazine’s Poetry Competition

The Shooter Literary Magazine’s Poetry Competition is open for poetry entries in any style or genre, until November 28th. Entry fee: £3.50 for one poem £8 for three poems Prizes: 1st prize – £150 and publication 2nd prize – £50 and publication All entrants will receive an e-copy of the Shooter Magazine winter issue. Word […]

Closed: WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2021 Flash Fiction Contest is open for entries of any genre, from anywhere in the world. Closing date: November 30, 2021 Prizes: 1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 […]

Closed: Arena Fantasy Magazine’s Forbidden Friendship Competition

The Arena Fantasy Magazine’s Forbidden Friendship Competition is open for entries until 25th November 2021. Entry fees: One entry – £10.00 Two Entries – £17.50 Three Entries – £25.00 1st prize: £100 2nd prize: £50 Winners will be published and featured in the December issue Word count: 4000 words max. Full details here.

Guernsey International Poetry Competition

The Guernsey International Poetry Competition is open for entries until February 15th, 2022. There are 3 categories to enter: OPEN POETRY Ages 18 and over Entries £4 per poem or enter 3 poems for £10 1st prize: £1000 2nd place: £500 3rd place: £200 CHANNEL ISLANDS’ POETRY Ages 18 and over, born or resident in […]

Closed: Tadpole Press 100 Word Writing Contest

The Tadpole Press 100 Word Writing Contest is open to all writers from around the world. They are looking for entries of 100 words, in any form or genre, with the theme ‘Abundance’. Closing date: November 30th, 2021. Prizes: 1st place: USD$1,000. 2nd place: USD$450 writing coaching package. 3rd place: USD$250 developmental or diversity editing […]

Closed: Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening

Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults is open to anyone over the age of 16. Closing date: 22nd November 2021. Entry fee: £11 per story. 1st Prize: £500 and a one-to-one call with our agent judge. The top 10 stories will feature in an electronic pitch book and will also […]

Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize

The Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize is a competition run by Green Stories and is open to all adults, who are passionate about storytelling and the environment. It’s free to enter! Closing date: 30th December 2021 Open to partial drafts and completed novels of 70,000 – 95,000 words in length. Submit three chapters of […]

Closed: Wenlock Writers-on-the-Edge Short Story Competition

The Wenlock Writers-on-the-Edge Short Story Competition is open for international entries until November 15th 2021. Writers must 16 or over. Entry fee: £5 for one entry, £8 for two entries, £12 for 3 entries Prizes: 1st prize £150 plus WOS gold medal 2nd prize £50 plus WOS silver medal 3rd prize £25 plus WOS bronze […]

Closed: East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open for entries from adults and children, until November 27th. This year’s theme is “My reason to be cheerful” – because we all need something to be cheerful about at the moment! Entry fee: Children – free Adults – £4 There are 13 cash prizes available: […]

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly competition, which is open to writers from all over. Entries must not exceed 500 words. The next deadline is 31 August. Deadlines throughout the year: 28th (or 29th) Feb; 31st May; 31st August; 30th November Entry fee: £3 for 1 entry; £5 for 2 entries Prizes: 1st […]

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly short story competition. The closing dates are: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October. Open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Entry fees: £5 for 1 entry; £8 for 2 entries; £10 […]

Guts Publishing Call for Submissions

Guts Publishing are an independent publisher based in London. They are now open for submissions from emerging writers based in the UK. They are seeking bold writers with ballsy stories in the form of memoirs, creative nonfiction, auto fiction or autobiography. Experimental is good! Word count: 25k or more Guts Publishing are especially interested in hearing […]

Chorus Voice Writing Competition

The Chorus Voice Writing Competition are accepting entries that promote a neighbourhood and, preferably, highlights one or more of its small businesses. Each piece of writing must be roughly 250 words long and must include at least two relevant photographs. Closing date: ongoing – the competition will take place every two weeks. Prize: £250 awarded […]

Five Words Poetry Competition

The Five Words Poetry Competition is a weekly recurring competition. Five words are posted each week on the Ó Bhéal website. Entrants must write a poem, containing all five words, and submit it before the following week. Open to all countries. The competition will run every week until 25th January 2022. First prize: €750 Second […]

Kemper Human Rights Education Essay Contests

The Kemper Human Rights Education Essay Contests are open for entries until 10th December, 2021. There are two competitions, one for high school students in America and one for high school students from other countries. It’s free to enter. First Prize: $2000 Second Prize: $750  Honorable Mention: $250 Word count: 2500 words maximum. Full details […]

The Glittery Literary Writing Contest

The Glittery Literary Writing Contest will run regularly throughout the year. There are two categories – the Short Story category and the Long Story category. Entries must be fiction but can be any genre. Short Story Category Word count: 400 words maximum 1st prize: £20, publication and recording 2nd prize: publication and recording Entry fee: […]

Grindstone Literary Competitions

International Novel Prize Prize for finished or part-finished novels aimed at YA audiences or older, of any genre, judged by a literary agent. Deadlines: 1st April 2021 (Super Early Bird) / 1st July 2021 (Early Bird) / 1st October 2021 (Final Deadline) Entry Fees: £16 (SEB) / 18 (EB) / 20 (FD) (+£8.00 Optional Feedback […]

#FlashFiction101

#FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter. Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month. Each entry must be exactly 101 words. Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry […]

Closed: Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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